09 May 2009 by Published in: Research and Writing 3 comments

Greetings from my home town of Reading, PA. Susan and I are here visiting my parents for Mother’s Day.

I spent much of last night and a big chunk of today going through the Dahlgren page galleys, which is the last step before the book is sent to the printer. To my surprise, it turned out to be a 300 page book before the index, which hasn’t been prepared yet. When I started on the project, I never dreamed that I would be able to get a 300 page book out of the life of someone who was killed three weeks before his 22nd birthday, but Ully Dahlgren packed so much living into his 21 years and 11 months that it actually wasn’t all that difficult to do.

The galleys look really good; Dan Hoisington has done a good job with it. My only complaint–not a large one–is that I provided him with more than 40 illustrations, and he’s only used about 20 of them. I’d like to see them all in there, but I do understand page constraints and I do understand budgetary constraints.

Anyway, Dan tells me that the book will be out by the end of June, so those of you who’ve been waiting patiently for it, you have only a few more weeks to wait before being rewarded. I will finish with them tomorrow and they will then be on their way back to Dan for final revisions and indexing. After 18 months of waiting, we’re almost to the finish line…..

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  1. Chris Evans
    Sat 09th May 2009 at 11:16 pm

    That sounds great! Looking forward to it. Lot of good Civil War books coming out this spring and summer.

  2. Sun 10th May 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks, Chris. I hope you enjoy it.

    I’m pleased with how it came out.


  3. Steve Keating
    Mon 11th May 2009 at 12:52 pm

    At last! Now I’ll find out why he burnt down the Potomac Creek bridge.

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